In 2006, five pastors in the United States looked at the way in which their culture engaged in Christmas and wondered if they could do better. They wondered if the church was helping people do better. As a result of this coming together, a movement known as the Advent Conspiracy was born.
This movement has the simple objective of bringing back the deeper meaning of Christmas during the season of Advent by pursuing four key principles, rather than letting consumerism drive the agenda of this season. The principles of Advent Conspiracy are:
This is a season that is about Jesus, and as such we should seek to fully and unapologetically worship Him.
This is not about being scrooge, but being sensible. Often the pressure to buy more and bigger each season puts exceptional stress on families and individuals who go into credit card debt over this season. This robs us of the joy that should be experienced this time of year. So spend less.
This seems the exact opposite of spend less. This is an invitation to consider how we could make different choices with our time, talent and resources this year. Give to others in need. Give your time to others. Choose gifts that don’t just give people more stuff, but build into their lives and relationships.
This season, perhaps more than any other is one which invites us to bless others. It could be giving to charity, supporting a cause, or contributing goods to our food hamper drive. It is a reminder that we should be outward, not inward focused this time of year.
In our 6pm Gathering from 4th to 18th December we are looking at three of these principles, and we invite you to reflect on how our culture engages the Christmas season. Are you, like the five pastors who got together in 2006 a little tired of the consumer Christmas story? As you make choices this Christmas season, what story do you want to tell?